This video gives you a glimpse of Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years:
- an international exhibition of contemporary indigenous art presented by Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 and organized by Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art with a number of other Winnipeg galleries
- “after the speeches to open the exhibit, each of the four curators of the exhibition: Candice Hopkins, Steve Loft, Lee-Ann Martin and Jenny Western, mounted a horse and rode to the thunderous rapture of the audience,” as shown here (please click here to read the interesting description accompanying this video):
“Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years” was a banner project for Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 Program comprised of a large-scale exhibition on Indigenous art from around the world, featuring:
- 34 Indigenous artists from across:
- United States
- South America
- New Zealand
- newly commissioned work from
- Canadian artists such as:
- American artists such as:
- Jimmie Durham and his sculptural work A Pole to Mark the Centre of the World (at Winnipeg) was an ongoing critique of widely held ideas surrounding space and location,
- James Luna and his poignant installation The Spirits of Virtue and Evil Await my Ascension, addressed issues of ritual and the passing of time.
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years is about “artists and artworks that collectively invent provocative futures from a diversity of perspectives and practices.”
The following event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a celebration of Indigenous art and thought as well as a launch of Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years (the publication) which:
- “is a critical reader and exhibition catalogue with full colour photos from the exhibition
- features 14 contributors’ essays that map four distinct sub-themes related to the imagined future for Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples”
Close Encounters – Catalogue launch
Admission: $5 or free with purchase of book
Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years
“What will happen to Indigenous culture tomorrow? Through the cultural practices of today, we can begin to formulate what the future will bring. Join us for a lively evening of art, storytelling, performance and film.”
Steve Loft is the National Visiting Trudeau Fellow at Ryerson University and a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ryerson Image Centre
Co-Organized with This Is Not A Reading Series (TINARS).
Co-Presented with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art and the Trudeau Foundation.
For more info about the “Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years” project and publication, please click here.
Also, for more info about the “Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years”, Indigenous Art Celebration event, please click here.
Ryerson Image Centre: Director of Marketing and Communications,
Heather Kelly, email@example.com
“This Is Not A Reading Series”
Anna Withrow, phone: 416-805-2174,
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